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Sunrise #1 in 2021

By 7NEWS

#1 for 18 years in a row
#1 every day nationally for three years
#1 every week this year

Sunrise has retained its crown as Australia’s favourite breakfast TV program in 2021, marking the 18th year in a row that the Seven Network’s iconic breakfast show has ranked #1 in its timeslot.

In addition to its incredible 18-year winning streak, Sunrise has also been the #1 breakfast show every day nationally for three years, cementing its leadership position as Australia’s most watched breakfast program.

In 2021, Sunrise won every week in the capital cities and every week nationally.

Each weekday, Sunrise reaches 1,112,000 Australians, with an average national audience of 450,000 viewers, 38% more than its closest rival.

MarketPeriodSunrise viewers Today viewers
NationalCalendar year (year to date)450,000 325,000
Survey year (Excl. summer, Easter, Olympics)446,000329,000
Capital citiesCalendar year (year to date)262,000220,000
Survey year (Excl. summer, Easter, Olympics)260,000223,000

These results are absolutely outstanding and a credit to the entire Sunrise team. It has been a year of mixed fortunes for many Australians, so credible information and trustworthy storytelling have never been more crucial. But Sunrise is also a family and it’s been a pleasure to bring some entertainment to Aussies when they needed it most. Thanks to our loyal audience for making us number one for another year.

Michael Pell, Sunrise Executive Producer

I love this show. It’s my second family. To clock up 18 years as #1 is something this big team of fantastic, hard-working people is just so proud of. We are here because of our other family out there, the viewers. Many of them have been with us for every one of those 18 years – breastfeeding their babies in the dark in their lounge rooms, snatching a few minutes of the show as they yell at the kids and get the school lunches ready, laughing and crying with us year in and year out.

We can never thank everyone enough for all the support. Gee, it’s been a slog the last couple of years with COVID, so wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and bring on 2022.

Natalie Barr, Sunrise co-host

Eighteen consecutive years as Australia’s most-watched breakfast program is a significant milestone for us. Just as parents have a sense of love and pride when their children turn 18, it’s the same for me with Sunrise.

I’m enormously proud of working with an incredible team here at Sunrise and proud of what we’ve achieved. I’m also extraordinarily grateful to our viewers for their support, their loyalty and for the privilege of being allowed to be part of their morning routine. And just like parents do on their child’s 18th birthday, you can’t help but cherish the experiences I’ve had as part of the program. The adventures I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the joy and love I’ve received. It is seriously the best job it the world and one I’m forever grateful to have.

David Koch, Sunrise co-host

Australia’s #1 breakfast show, Sunrise, will be back in 2022, with co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, newsreader Edwina Bartholomew, sports presenter Mark Beretta and weatherman Sam Mac.

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7NEWS Spotlight: Bubba Chump

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A remarkable story of love, loss and miracles

Olympian and world champion snowboarder, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, 32, tragically lost his life last year while spearfishing in a free diving accident off a reef on the Gold Coast.

As the snowboarding community grieved the loss of a young, popular champion, Chumpy’s long-term partner, Ellidy Vlug, was left devastated. The couple had just bought their dream home on the Gold Coast and were trying for a baby. In an instant, Ellidy had lost the love of her life.

Ellidy and Chumpy had met eight years earlier at a party held by mutual friend, big wave surfer Laura Enever. After Chumpy’s death Laura and Ellidy’s brother Dave came to Ellidy in her darkest moment to suggest posthumous sperm retrieval from Chumpy.

Thirty-seven hours after Chumpy died – and with the consent of his family, a doctor successfully removed viable sperm. Six months later, Ellidy fell pregnant through IVF. She announced her pregnancy in an exclusive interview with 7NEWS Gold Coast presenter, Amanda Abate.

With Ellidy and Chumpy’s baby due to be born any day now, 7NEWS Spotlight celebrates the life of Chumpy, the strength and devotion of Ellidy and the miracle of new life in a special event this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

It was an incredible honour to be able to share Ellidy’s news. She was so beautifully honest about a deeply personal and complex story. It still gives me goosebumps.

Amanda Abate

7NEWS Spotlight: Bubba Chump presenter Denham Hitchcock spoke with Ellidy, their family and the couple’s friends, including legendary surfer Mick Fanning, over several months, creating a documentary that delivers a heart-warming and fascinating look at love, loss and miracles.

I thought this was going to be a story that would leave me in tears most days, but it turned out to be one of the most uplifting stories I’ve done.

It’s a love story really, a love story of epic proportions and one that is far from over. It’s a documentary about one extraordinary woman with a vibrant spark for life. It’s about using your time on earth wisely, enjoying the twists in the road, and how no matter what happens, when you find your perfect other half, how they never really leave you.

Denham Hitchcock

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Seven knows news

By 7NEWS, Kickstart 2022, SEVEN

7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, 7NEWS Spotlight #1 in 2021

Australia’s #1 line-up of news and public affairs content will return to the Seven Network in 2022, with 7NEWS, Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise, The Morning Show, 7NEWS Spotlight, The Latest from 7NEWS and 7NEWS.com.au set to keep the nation informed and educated.

The most trusted evening news bulletin, 7NEWS, ranks #1 nationally this year with an average 1.65 million viewers nationally Monday to Friday, 1.38 million on Saturdays and 1.69 million on Sundays.

7NEWS dominates the Perth and Adelaide markets, while on the East Coast it has halved the gap on its main rival and recorded its highest audience share since the one-hour news bulletin started in 2014. In fact, 7NEWS Sydney and 7NEWS Melbourne have achieved their highest shares since 2010.

From Sunrise and The Morning Show, to 7NEWS at 6pm and The Latest, and everything in between, Seven delivers the best, most comprehensive and most watched news and public affairs content on Australian TV.

In front of and behind the camera, our people do an amazing job, producing more than 5,300 hours of news and public affairs content a year and bringing Australians all the local, national and international news they need to know.

“That’s why 7NEWS has been #1 nationally for the past six years, Sunrise has been #1 for 18 years and The Morning Show has been #1 for 14 years.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

The success of 7NEWS is led by the winning teams of Mark Ferguson, Michael Usher, Mel McLaughlin and Angie Asimus in Sydney; Peter Mitchell, Tim Watson, Jane Bunn and Mike Amor in Melbourne; Sharyn Ghidella, Max Futcher, Tony Auden and Shane Webke in Brisbane; Susannah Carr, Rick Ardon and Samantha Jolly in Perth; Jane Doyle, Mark Soderstrom and Amelia Mulcahy in Adelaide; and Amanda Abate and Steve Titmus on the Gold Coast.

The Latest from 7NEWS with Michael Usher and Angela Cox has become essential late-night viewing for many Australians, winning its timeslot each weeknight. It returns in 2022.

7NEWS Spotlight had a remarkable 2021, delivering ground-breaking and high-rating reports including The Phenomenon, Craig McLachlan, Delta On Board, Martin Bryant’s Dark Secrets, Fight Of His Life, Saving Candice and Ride Of Your Life.

The Phenomenon drew almost 1.2 million viewers nationally, while the Craig McLachlan and Martin Bryant investigations were both watched by more than 1.1 million people.

The 7NEWS Spotlight specials dominated their timeslot. They will return in 2022 with more exclusive, ground-breaking and, at times, heart-wrenching investigations.

7NEWS Specials were another important part of Seven’s news line-up this year, including the news-breaking Ivan Milat: Buried Secrets and The Disappearance of William Tyrrell.

7NEWS.com.au continues to draw new, younger Australians to the 7NEWS brand and ranks as the #1 news website among people aged under 40.

Sunrise ruled breakfast television again in 2021, winning every week of the year and ranking #1 for the 18th consecutive year. Each weekday, Sunrise reaches 990,000 Australians, with an average national audience of 458,000, 40% more than its closest rival.

Sunrise will be back in 2022, with co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, sports presenter Mark Beretta, newsreader Edwina Bartholomew, weatherman Sam Mac and Weekend Sunrise co-hosts Monique Wright and Matt Doran presenting all the latest news, sport and weather.

In the mornings, The Morning Show has been #1 for 14 years in a row. Co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies are the undisputed stars of daytime TV, and they will be back next year to keep Australia informed, entertained and inspired.

This year was an extraordinary year for news and Seven brought Australians everything they needed to know. Our news and public affairs teams work very hard to earn and keep our viewers’ trust and we’re honoured to be number one.

Next year with be another big year for news, both here – as Australia emerges from lockdown and heads into a Federal election – and around the world, and Seven will be there to cover it all.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

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Queensland’s all-new Sunrise

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Wake up to your only live and local news

Australia’s #1 brekky show, Sunrise, will broadcast all-new live and local news bulletins exclusive to Queensland from Monday.

In a breakfast television first, to coincide with the start of daylight saving in the southern states, the comprehensive local bulletins will bring viewers all of Queensland’s news live every half hour from 6am local time – while competing services remain on delay.

In addition to the national news with Nat, Kochie and the team at Brekky Central, Sunrise’s Queensland correspondent Bianca Stone will deliver the local bulletins live from Seven’s Brisbane headquarters, crossing to reporters wherever news is breaking across the Sunshine State.

Bianca Stone, Channel 7 Photography By Paul A. Broben

The new Queensland-only bulletins represent a significant investment in local reporters, producers, camera crews and technicians – all to keep Queenslanders up to date.

Queensland is a market of vital importance to Sunrise. Viewers in the Sunshine State have been loyal to the show for decades. But for six months of the year, the concept of running hour-old, networked news to five million residents, has bothered us.

This is our solution: Queensland news bulletins, live and local every 30 minutes, made in Queensland, by Queenslanders, for Queenslanders. Viewers will still see the main show and the national headlines. But every half hour, and whenever news is breaking, Queensland will get its own tailor-made coverage. Queensland will see all the rapidly-changing, critical information, first on Sunrise.

Michael Pell, Sunrise Executive Producer

There’s nothing like feeling informed and on top of everything in a world that seems to be changing so much. Our Sunrise Queensland-only news will get your day started right. It’s a game-changer – a dedicated local news service like no other.

Natalie Barr, Sunrise co-host

Never before has it been more important for our viewers to have instant access to the latest news which affects their lives, no matter their time zone. That’s our commitment – to deliver the best news service wherever you live.

Kochie, Sunrise co-host

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7NEWS hits new highs

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Australia’s biggest weekday news audience in a decade

7NEWS: #1 nationally in 2021

 

The Seven Network’s 7NEWS has cemented its position as the #1 news show in Australia after recording the nation’s biggest average Monday to Friday capital city news audience in over a decade.

 

Last week (26 to 30 July), an average of 2.06 million viewers nationally watched 7NEWS at 6pm, with 1.39 million viewers in the capital cities – the biggest audience since June 2011.

 

On Sunday 25 July, an average of 2.32 million viewers nationally and 1.56 million across the capital cities watched 7NEWS, making it biggest single news audience on any network since January 2017.

 

The recent high caps a strong year for 7NEWS, which has won every single week of the survey ratings year across the capital cities and nationally.

 

The nation’s favourite news program has also won every week this survey ratings year in Adelaide and Perth, and has won 12 of the 23 weeks so far in Melbourne.

 

7NEWS hit recent highs in Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday 25 July. Sydney recorded 430,000 viewers, the biggest news audience across free-to-air television since January 2017, and Melbourne recorded 516,000 viewers – the biggest television news audience since April 2019.

 

We are hugely proud that 7NEWS is where Australians turn for trustworthy, high-quality news content during crucial times.

 

Providing the very best local and national news service possible with accurate and trustworthy journalism, is at the heart of what we do. In each market across every News program we have the most exceptional teams delivering 24/7 in these exceptional times.

 

Our investment in original reporting and content has helped 7NEWS become a significant force in breaking local and national news. The past year has been a critical time for our viewers and as the nation continues to go through great change and challenges, 7NEWS will remain the first place Australians turn for the defining stories and the vital facts.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

7NEWS’ recent highs and the success of Seven’s live, free and exclusive coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 helped Seven Network achieve a 59.8% commercial share last week – its highest weekly share since the OzTAM audience measurement system started in 2001.

 

Seven has now won 17 weeks so far in the calendar year 2021 and has been #1 in 12 of the 23 weeks so far in the survey year 20201.

 

By the numbers:

7NEWS Sunday

  • • 1.61 million viewers nationally, 1.07 million in the capital cities
  • • #1 Sunday news program
  • • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • • 20% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 6% more in the capital cities

 

7NEWS Monday to Friday

  • • 1.57 million viewers nationally, 1 million in the capital cities
  • • #1 weeknight news program
  • • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • • 29% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 7% more in the capital cities

 

7NEWS Saturday

  • • 1.33 million viewers nationally, 867,000 in the capital cities
  • • #1 Saturday news program
  • • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • • 25% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 8% more in the capital cities

7NEWS.com.au launches Happening Now

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Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ brekky show

7NEWS.com.au – Australia’s #1 online news service for under 40s – has announced an all-new, Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ vertical format digital breakfast program, Happening Now, that launched 7am AEDT Monday.

Produced in 7NEWS.com.au’s custom-built digital studio at Channel 7’s studios in Martin Place, Happening Now will cover the biggest headlines of the day you need to know and must-watch video.

The snappy, convenient five-minute episodes will be available weekdays from 7am AEDT via your local 7NEWS Facebook and Instagram pages, the 7NEWS Australia YouTube channel and 7NEWS.com.au, purpose-produced in vertical format to be viewed on a smartphone device from anywhere – the train, bus, in your kitchen, on the treadmill or from bed.

The launch of Happening Now follows the success of 7NEWS.com.au’s The Latest on Facebook Watch, Australia’s #1 – and one of the world’s most-watched – digital news show having amassed a staggering 400 million views and counting.

We’re incredibly grateful to our global community for making The Latest on Facebook Watch so successful, it’s now time to add to the family.

Happening Now is the first of its kind in Australia, a ‘made for mobile’ vertical video breakfast show, the cool new format will come to wherever you are.

Phil Goyen, 7NEWS.com.au Executive Producer
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7NEWS.com.au #1 with young Australians

By 7NEWS
Phil Goyen

• #1 news website for under 40s
• Average daily unique audience: 1.29 million
• Average monthly page views: 69.7 million
• Australia’s #1 social news brand
• Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest

7NEWS.com.au has cemented its position as the leading news website for Australians aged under 40, according to new data from Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR).

The Nielsen DCR report for November shows 7NEWS.com.au was the #1 news website among hard-to-reach young Australians: it was #1 overall among women under 35 and the #1 commercial news website among men under 40. The website’s total unique audience in November was 9.52 million, up 14.2% on November last year.

The new numbers follow an outstanding year for the Seven Network’s news website, which has built an average daily unique audience of 1.29 million.

Across 2020, 7NEWS.com.au has seen an average of 69.7 million page views a month.

7NEWS.com.au is now Australia’s largest social news brand, reaching more than 13.2 million people or more than 50% of the population.

It is also home to Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest, which was racked up more than 400 million views since it launched in August 2019.

The success of The Latest has made 7NEWS.com.au one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in Australia. The number of subscribers has jumped 244% over the past year, while the number of minutes watched has soared 1740%.

Exclusive reporting and content have been critical to 7NEWS.com.au’s rapid growth and early next year it will launch two new original shows:

Doing Life Differently With Ciaran Lyons, a made-for-mobile documentary series that explores Australia’s hidden worlds including swingers, furries and Satanists.

Happening Now, a daily made-for-mobile digital news show.

With content from Australia’s most-watched television news service, 7NEWS, plus a digital newsroom dedicated to local breaking news and original reporting and content, 7NEWS.com.au has become a significant force in just 18 months.

I’m thrilled with the community we’ve been able to build in such a short amount of time. We think about the 7NEWS.com.au audience 24/7, we’re entirely here for them and I look forward to connecting with even more Aussies as we grow and evolve.

I’m also extremely excited about our new original shows for 2021. I can’t wait for the world to see them.

Phil Goyen, Head of 7NEWS Digital

7NEWS US Bureau recognised with Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

7NEWS reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were tonight recognised with the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Television/Video: News Reporting category for their courageous broadcasting efforts after being assaulted by US riot police live on air while covering a Black Lives Matter protest just a stone’s throw from the White House.

Brace and Myers were broadcasting live to Seven’s Sunrise on June 1 this year when they were belted with an armoured shield and Brace whacked in the back with a truncheon as police violently cleared Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Despite their injuries, the pair went on to broadcast non-stop for some 12 hours across Sunrise, 7NEWS and The Latest.

Brace later addressed a US congressional committee about the incident as part of a broader investigation into the police response to peaceful protesters in D.C. that day to clear the way for the arrival of President Donald Trump for his now infamous photo opportunity outside St John’s Episcopal Church.

This story was never about us. It’s about the people who were peacefully and legally protesting. We’re grateful and humbled that our coverage drew attention to what happened that day. It was a confronting moment for America and certainly for us. We hope this serves as a reminder of the important role of the media and the need for us to do our jobs safely.

Tim and I appreciate the ongoing support of the team at Seven and the recognition of the Walkley Foundation. I, personally, appreciate Tim’s professionalism, camera work and, most of all, friendship through those days and weeks in Washington, and the many years in the US.

Amelia Brace, 7NEWS Reporter
Amelia Brace

You shouldn’t become the story by simply doing your job but in the chaos the world witnessed there are circumstances you have no control over. Amelia and Tim produced fearless and measured reporting across a frantic 24 hours. The award is a tribute to their courage and poise under extreme pressure.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs
Paul Walker

7NEWS receives two Kennedy Awards for excellence in journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN
7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker and US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany

7NEWS has been recognised with two awards for excellence in journalism at the ninth annual 2020 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany, currently in Washington, D.C. covering the US Election, accepted the inaugural Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent for her exclusive feature report, Inside a COVID Warzone.

The confronting 24-hour ride along with New York paramedics as they responded to urgent call-outs during the height of the city’s COVID-19 crisis gave Australian audiences raw insight into what happens when the virus goes uncontrolled in a densely populated society, featuring emotional, unfiltered interviews with victims and their families.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some remarkable things in America over the last four years, both good and bad. And things felt a little scary at times, particularly at the start of this year as this pandemic was playing out.

I want to extend my thanks to our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his continued support, his investment in quality journalism. It does feel like there has never been a more important time for the public to be able to turn to trusted news sources and have eyes and ears on the ground in places like America in what has been such a tumultuous year.

Ashlee Mullany, US Bureau Chief
(via an acceptance video from the White House)

7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker, nominated alongside colleagues Cam Wallis and Tim Myers for their camera work in the US, received the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding TV News Camera Coverage for his footage of the 2019 Sydney CBD stabbing.

Walker instinctively picked up his camera and captured every chilling moment as the attack played out in front of him, with the accused Mert Nay eventually restrained by members of the public – the exclusive vision broadcast in real-time and beamed around the world.

Walker paid tribute to the courage of reporter Andrew Denney and those individuals who jumped in without hesitation to stop him.

I’m very proud to be part of the 7NEWS team and honoured to receive this award from my peers.

Paul Walker, 7NEWS senior cameraman

The Kennedy Awards are named after veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

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